The agenda of the 2019 edition will be filled with speeches and presentations by the best speakers of the past years.

Keynote Speakers:

Kozminski University

University of Arkansas

S&D (Motivation Speech)

The Global Supply Chain Forum, The Ohio State University

The Global Supply Chain Institute’s Supply Chain Forum, The University of Tennessee

Kühne Logistics University

Cranfield University


C.H. Robinson
MCA Connect
International Package Shipping

Anna Skrzypkowska

Logopak East Sp. z o.o.

Kozminski University

Maciej Walczak

Maciej Walczak

PPH Ewa-Bis Sp. z o.o.
IBM Poland & Baltics

PPH Ewa-Bis Sp. z o.o.

Logopak East Sp. z o.o.

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Prof. Grzegorz Kołodko

Grzegorz Witold Kołodko is a distinguished professor of economics. A key architect of Polish economic reforms. He is the author of New Pragmatism original paradigmatic and heterodox theory of economics. University lecturer, researcher, the author of numerous academic books and research papers. As Polish Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance in 2002-03 he played a leading role in achieving the entry of Poland into the European Union. Holding the same position in 1994-97, Kolodko led Poland to the OECD. The founder and Director of TIGER – Transformation, Integration and Globalization Economic Research at the Kozminski University in Warsaw. Consultant to such international organizations as the IMF, World Bank, UN, and the OECD. Member of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities. Foreign Member of Russian Academy of Sciences. Honorary Chairman of China’s Public Diplomacy Institute and a Non-resident Senior Fellow, Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China, Beijing, Professor HUST, Huangzhou University of Science and Technology, Wuhan; Distinguished Professor of Emerging Markets Institute, Beijing Normal University, Beijing.

Prof. Remko van Hoek

Dr Remko van Hoek is a clinical full professor at the Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas and an advisor to several companies on sourcing and procurement. Additionally, he is the immediate past chair of the board of directors of CSCMP. He held supply chain and procurement executive roles in Europe and the US, with Nike and PwC and he was Chief Procurement Officer of the Walt Disney Company.

Miquel Serracanta

Miquel Serracanta is CSCMP International Advisor, Founder-Partner of Solutions Decisions & Director Masters Supply Chain EAE Business School Barcelona.

Miquel has a +25 years experience in Supply Chain and Operations. Acting as manager and executive during + 16 years in Multinational FMCG industry (BIMBO – Sara Lee Bakery Europe), where he was Management Team member (2003 to 2009) as VP Supply Chain & Procurement and VP “Sales & Ops. Planning”.

He holds a Business Management degree & MBA for ESADE (Barcelona) and several SC Certifications (SCPRO 1 & SCPRO 2 by CSCMP), CSCP by Apics and Lean Green Belt.

Miquel was the re-founder of Spain CSCMP Roundtable where he acted as President from 2010 to 2017.

He defines himself as a professional Networker always willing to give & share to all his global contacts.

Prof. Michael Knemeyer

A. Michael Knemeyer CTL is a Distinguished Professor of Logistics at the Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University.  Michael received a B.S.B.A. in Business Logistics and Marketing from John Carroll University, where he was named the outstanding logistics student in his graduating class.  His Ph.D. is from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he majored in Logistics, and minored in Marketing and Research Methods.  His dissertation focusing on logistics outsourcing won the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) outstanding dissertation award.  He has held previous faculty positions at John Carroll University, University of North Florida and West Virginia University.

Dr. Knemeyer is a Research Fellow for the National Center for the Middle Market and a Research Associate for the Global Supply Chain Forum, both located at Ohio State’s Fisher College of Business.  His research interests include logistics outsourcing, supply chain relationships and supply chain management. Michael was awarded the 2006 ISM Senior Research Fellowship, which is intended to support emerging scholars that have demonstrated exceptional academic productivity in research and teaching. His work has been accepted for publication in leading journals, including Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Supply Chain Management Review, Journal of Business Logistics, Journal of Operations Management, Journal of Supply Chain Management, the International Journal of Logistics Management, Transportation Journal and International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management.  Michael’s research has also been cited in World Trade Magazine and the Wall Street Journal.  He is co-author of two books:  Contemporary Logistics (Prentice Hall, 2014) and Building High Performance Business Relationships (Supply Chain Management Institute, 2010) as well as contributing chapters to three other books.  Michael has received various awards for his research, including the 2013 Bernard J. LaLonde Award from the Journal of Business Logistics.

Dr. Knemeyer teaches a variety of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level courses at the Fisher College of Business.  He has served on several dissertation committees both in the United States and Europe.  Michael is a frequent speaker at academic conferences, executive education seminars, and professional meetings.  He has taught over 100 individual sessions of executive education at locations in the United States, Europe, Asia and South America.  He has received recognition for excellence in teaching at the University of Maryland and The Ohio State University.

Prof. Mary Long

Mary is a Board Advisor, Lecturer, and international speaker.  Her industry career includes leadership roles at Campbell’s Soup, General Mills, Pepsi, and most recently, as the vp of logistics and network planning at Domino’s.  In 2017, Mary made a leap from industry into academia and is now managing director of the Global Supply Chain Institute’s Forum at the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business. She has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and serves on the advisory boards for AWESOMEleaders.org, ALAN (American Logistics Aid Network), and #Hashmove.com.  Mary has an undergraduate degree in Quantitative Business Analysis from Cleveland State University and an MBA in Operations and Logistics from The Ohio State University.

Prof. J. Rod Franklin, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Logistics
Academic Director of Executive Education

Prof. Rod Franklin is Adjunct Professor of Logistics and Academic Director of Executive Education at Kühne Logistics University. Professor Franklin, an engineer and operations manager by training and experience, received his Doctorate in Management from the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Professor Franklin has held management positions at Kühne + Nagel, USCO Logistics, ENTEX Information Services, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Cameron Iron Works.  In addition, he has been a consultant for Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Theodore Barry & Associates and Arthur Young & Co. Professor Franklin was also a development engineer for the Saginaw Steering Gear Division of General Motors Corporation.

Prof. Franklin’s research focuses on the application of modern management techniques to the efficient and effective operation of supply chains, sustainable business models, data analytics, supply chain collaboration, and the physical Internet.

In his role as Academic Director of Kühne Logistics University’s Executive Education program, Rod’s focus is on ensuring that executives educated at the University receive both the rigor and relevance in their academic training that they expect from a world class research institute like Kühne Logistics University.

Michael Bourlakis

Professor Michael Bourlakis is the Director of Research and the Head of the Logistics, Procurement & Supply Chain Management Group at Cranfield School of Management (UK). Michael is an internationally renowned authority in logistics and supply chain management. He has won more than 27 research and consulting projects totalling of more than £27.5 million and he has generated more than 250 publications including more than 65 journal papers. His work has received considerable attention by media (BBC News, ITV News, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal). He has worked with / consulted most leading retailers in the world as well as numerous multinational organisations (Carrefour, DHL, Knight Frank, Metro, Sonae). Since 2017, he has been an Expert Panel Member for TESCO on a “Future of Food Advisory Panel”  chaired by TESCO’s CEO Dave Lewis. He has consulted in numerous occasions the European Commission and he has been a Chair and Keynote Speaker for leading logistics conferences worldwide. He has led Doctoral Workshops for the European Logistics Association, BVL (Germany) and the U.K. Logistics Research Network. He is a Visiting Professor at various universities, he sits on the Editorial Board of numerous academic journals and he has co-edited three books.

Arkadiusz Glinka

Director of Transportation, Eastern Europe at

C.H. Robinson Europe B.V.

Professional experience:

  • Graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology
  • Between 2000 and 2007, he worked as an IT Manager at Vos Logistics, one of the biggest Polish transportation companies
  • In 2007, he co-founded Apreo Logistics SA (“Apreo”), where he was appointed the Managing Director
  • After a year and a half, he became the CEO of Apreo Logistics
  • Within five years, Apreo dynamically expanded on the Polish market, reaching 300 employees and 21 offices in Poland and Germany, thus becoming a leading transportation logistics provider in Poland.
  • He led the merger of Apreo Logistics with C.H. Robinson in 2012, expanding the C.H. Robinson’s worldwide importance
  • In 2012, he became a Director at C.H. Robinson Europe managing the Eastern European branches of the company

Expertise fields:

  • Polish and international transportation
  • Information technologies for logistics (Big Data, transportation management systems, digitization of logistics services)
  • Outsourcing solutions
  • Supply Chain Management & Strategies
  • Change Management
  • Supply Chain Optimisation & Implementation

Susanna Bodnar

Supply Chain Professional

Susie Bodnar is currently Senior Consultant, Strategic Services at MCA connect focusing on Microsoft Dynamics 365 (D365) ERP system Implementations to include organizational leadership alignment, change management readiness services, and supply chain operational excellence. Susie came to MCA from Ace Hardware Corporation where she was Corporate Manager for the Retail Support Group. Through her change management efforts and through leading the Retail Support Continuous Improvement Program, she increased collaboration across Ace Hardware’s 16 distribution centers (RSCs). Before joining Ace, Susie worked for LeanCor, a 3 rd party Logistics Operations, Consulting and Training provider concentrating on implementing lean in the supply chain; as well as Schenker, an international freight forwarder.
To live her value of lifelong learning, Susie was Adjunct Lecturer of Supply Chain Management at the California State University Fresno Executive MBA Program 2014-2018. Previously she taught Supply Chain and Logistics at the University of Kentucky MBA Program, St. Louis University, Center for Supply Chain Management Studies, UC Berkeley, and for the Lean Enterprise Institute. Susie holds a Bachelor’s of Science in International Business from Avans University, Breda – the Netherlands, a Bachelor’s of Science in Business from Budapest Business School, Hungary and a Master’s degree in International Business and Economics from the Andrassy German University of Budapest, Hungary. Susie speaks four different languages (Hungarian, English, German, Dutch) and has worked in both the US as well as Europe.
Susie is ProSci certified for Change Management, SCPro One Certified (CSCMP) as well as a Certified Lean Supply Chain Professional and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt (LeanCor).
Susie is an active member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and was the President of the Cincinnati Roundtable Executive Board for two consecutive seasons 2011-2013.
She is currently serving as VP of Programs for the Chicago Roundtable, chairs the Technology advisory committee to the Board of Directors and is upcoming BOD Conference Chair of the EDGE conference 2019 in Anaheim, CA.
Susie was born and raised in Miskolc, Hungary and moved to the USA in 2005. Susie now lives in Chicago, IL.

Holger Klatt

Holger Klatt is an experienced logistics and supply chain professional with over 20 years of international experience in EMEA. His expertise encompasses business development, operational and change management as well as strategy development and implementation. This is complemented by an in-depths expertise in designing Supply Chain and Logistics solutions from vendor integration to final delivery to end-customer including warehouse layout, processes, people and technology.


Before joining JLL he was Regional Director Sales EMENA for UTi Logistics, a leading global Logistics Service Provider. Prior to that he held various managerial positions at CEVA Logistics and Kuehne + Nagel. Holger joined JLL in May 2017 and is leading the EMEA Business Development of our Industrial & Logistics agency business.

Dr. Tobias Kosmol

Tobias Kosmol is a Senior Consultant in the Munich office at INVERTO, an international consultancy specialized on procurement and supply chain management. His expertise lies in the areas of digital procurement as well as global sourcing with a focus on China. Tobias Kosmol completed his Master’s Degree in Management at the University of Mannheim and has studied at Peking University and Sichuan University in China. He holds a PhD in Business Administration from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management and won the 2018 CSCMP Doctoral Dissertation Award.

Krzysztof Masny

A graduate of Warsaw University of Technology and Executive MBA at the Warsaw School of Economics / University of Minnesota. With over 25 years of experience in logistics and supply chain management at various positions and companies (IBM, METRO Group, Castorama) and over 10 years of experience in managing the company as a Managing Director, including regional positions in Europe. Many years of experience in implementing various projects to optimize the costs and efficiency of supply chains and logistics. In-depth knowledge of logistics and supply chains in retail in a variety of assortments from industrial products, controlled food, frozen foods, fish, fruit and vegetables, both in the field of domestic logistics and import. Practical knowledge in the implementation of various warehouse, transport and cross-docking solutions. Numerous implementations of IT systems supporting processes in the supply chain, including SAP systems. Winner of the 2009 Logistics Manager Award in recognition of his career achievements. In 2012 on behalf of Castorama Polska received a special distinction in the Supply Chain Designer market research.

Mark Baxa

Mark is the Founder, President & CEO of FerniaCreek LLC, a global supply chain consulting group of professionals, based in Jefferson City, Missouri. FerniaCreek enables companies of all sizes to lift their international supply chain & delivery capability, strengthen their freedom to operate, accelerate supplier selection and performance, and develop your talent that sustains competitive advantage. Mark is also the CSCMP (Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals) Chairman of the Board, a 7000+ member & 55,000+ affiliate member supply chain organization and is co-lead & instructor for St. Louis University’s Global Supply Chain & Trade Compliance Certificate Program within the Supply Chain Center of Excellence. Mark has over 37 years of leadership experience having worked previously for the Monsanto, Upjohn and ELM companies. Mark is a Supply Chain executive passionate about driving sustainable, competitive advantage in a complex global marketplace, creating global synergy and building leaders. He brings a wealth of corporate experience having led multiple global and US based roles focused on Procurement & Supplier Performance, Global Trade Operations, Global Trade Compliance, Logistics & Distribution, Product Management, Marketing and Sales Management. In his last roles at Monsanto Company, now Bayer, Mark led global teams accountable for leading and delivering excellence in Global Supplier Relationship Management (SRM), Sustainability and Supplier Diversity, championed the Global Supply Procurement & supply chain collegiate talent pipeline and procurement communications strategy. Mark led and developed the company’s formal global trade and compliance organization, standardized global processes and suppliers worldwide, and created and led the global trade operations & compliance IT digitization optimization project. He has received multiple individual and team-based industry leadership achievements & awards and performed executive education coursework at MIT, Georgia Tech, New York’s Columbia University, Northwestern University and the Strategic Planning Institute of Cambridge. He has published in the CSCMP Quarterly, Logistics Management, Logistics Today periodicals and quoted in the Wall Street Journal. Mark has also appeared before US Federal and EU Government Agencies supporting resolution to some of supply chain’s most pressing supply chain issues, established US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and FDA protocols for agricultural product entry and successfully mitigated impacts of otherwise burdensome, costly and non-value-added legislation and policy. Mark also serves as member of Saint Louis University’s Center of Supply Chain Management Excellence Steering Committee, Charter Member and Incorporator of the St. Louis Trade Compliance Practitioners Roundtable, member of ICPA, the St. Louis Regional FreightWay committees, served on the St. Louis City / Lambert International Shippers Council and the WEConnect International board of directors. He is a frequent motivational keynote and supply chain subject matter speaker, having appeared across the United States, South America and Europe. He is married to Becky, has two married sons, 3 grandchildren and is active in church leadership in Washington, Missouri.

Matthias Graefe

Matthias Graefe is the Transformation Executive responsible to lead IBM’s global supply chain into the cognitive Era. His goal and passion is to augment IBM’s supply chain professionals through data and technologies such as Analytics, AI, IoT and Blockchain. Matthias runs a global team of supply chain subject matter experts, agile scrum masters, data scientists and AI developers. 

Prior to his transformation role Matthias gained execution experience in multiple supply chain operational leadership roles in Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe rotating through supply chain domains including engineering, manufacturing, procurement, supply demand planning as well as customer fulfillment.
Matthias has more than 21 years experience in supply chain management, he is a certified Consulting Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) and a recognized speaker at Supply Chain Summits. Matthias obtained a Master in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany.

Rosemary Smith

Rosemary Smith is currently a Senior Manager, Supply Chain Development at LEGO®, responsible for the innovation and transformation within the America’s region.


In this role, Rose has led the end to end supply chain strategy for both the B2B teams as well as D2Cteams, her achievements include: piloting self-connected demand sensing, building a distribution network for Brand Retail, establishing new processes within inventory management and rolling out the use of SCRUM methodology for continuous improvement. Prior to joining LEGO®, Rose built her Supply Chain career, starting at a small software company and then working for Lowe’s Home Improvement and Ralph Lauren before sharing her talent as a managing consultant within supply chain network design. Rose is an active member with CSCMP, serving on the conference committee and the Emerging Leaders Award Committee. Rose also volunteers for the National Convention for Women in Technology and is a mentor on MentorNet. Rose has a passion for solution design, data and technology; holding a B.S. in International Business from Drexel University.

Tom Nightingale

Tom Nightingale is the president and CEO of International Package Shipping and its operating companies.  Collectively, the companies are the largest consolidator of consumer-to-consumer packages to Europe with service to 45 countries through over 750 agents.  

Prior to International Package Shipping, Tom was president of GENCO Transportation Logistics, and was part of the leadership team that sold GENCO to FedEx where he remained as officer.

He brings over 27 years of leadership experience in the transportation and logistics industry.  Prior to GENCO, he served as an officer and president of Sales and Marketing for ModusLink Global Solutions.  Before that, Tom served as chief marketing officer for Con-way (now owned by XPO), and prior to that as vice president, Corporate Marketing for Schneider National.  Earlier in his career, he held key leadership positions with start-ups Clareon and Paxis as well as CSX and United Parcel Service.

He is a frequent contributor to several trade and industry publications and speaker at global supply chain and logistics industry events. He serves on the boards of a number of organizations, including Oakes & Terry, SimpliShip, WinMore, NextShift Robotics, ChemDirect, Convoy, and CSCMP.

Tom earned a master’s degree in business administration from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Siena College in Loudonville, New York.

Andrzej Olszewski

Andrzej Olszewski is a manager and partner at Karex,Poland’s largest deconsolidating and customs clearance facilities based in Czestochowa.  Karex is a privately held company operating as a licensed customs broker and connectedwith a vast last-mile network of carriers that Karex orchestrates ecommerce, consumer-to-consumer and commercial deliveries across all of Europe; ranging from the UK to Russia.

Andrzej joined Karex in 2015 as a partner and logistics specialist responsible for coordination of shipping process. He holds a degree in History from University of Wrocław.

Martin Verwijmeren

Martin Verwijmeren is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of MP Objects, a leading multi-enterprise cloud platform for digital order management and supply chain orchestration with offices in Boston, Rotterdam, Tokyo and Hyderabad.

He was previously Vice President of IT for CEVA Logistics and TNT. He has a PhD in distributed object technology for networked inventory management from Eindhoven University of Technology.

Dolf Lohuis

Senior Director DSV Solutions

Dolf Lohuis is Senior Director Freight and Distribution Management at DSV Solutions, the global logistics service provider, with 10 billion USD revenue, and 45.000 employees, in more than 80 countries. The DSV Solutions division provides integral supply chain services to manufacturers, distributors and retailers, improving their inbound, outbound and reverse order flows.

Dolf and his team are responsible for helping brandowners and shippers with digitizing their global supply chains, and developing their international E-commerce. Both companies in the B2C market and companies in the B2B market benefit from the international E-commerce and digital supply chain services by DSV.

Prior to joining DSV, Dolf was Director Supply Chain Management and E-Commerce Webstores at Suitsupply, an international men’s fashion brand with vertical supply chain integration and an international network of retail stores at unconventional locations. As Director Freight at TNT he headed up the European freight activities for the Fashion & Lifestyle division TNT Fashion.

Dolf holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Nijmegen.

Łukasz Tartanus

Process management expert with over fifteen years of professional experience. He is a co-founder of the first in Poland internet portal with process management related content (PROCESOWCY.PL). Łukasz is coordinator of the process maturity surveys in Poland. He specializes in the design of business process management systems (in the sense of the concept of management), identifying processes, analysis and improvement. He knows a number of standards, notations, methodologies, tools and reference models, but he always tries to match them to the client’s needs. His favorite tool used to manage processes is common sense.

Michał Tronina

husband, father, business coach and process’s hothead. I’m responsible for change management at Osadkowski SA where I helped to implement project and process management. I’m still looking for challenges and possibilities to learn something new. I like to share my knowledge with others that’s why I decide to coach students at WSB in Wroclaw. I think that the path of perfection is the path of learning  that’s why I love business processes and PDCA because it gives me a chance to improve myself all the time.

Sandra Schulte


  • MA Sustainability and Quality Management,

Dipl. oeco. troph (FH)

  • Working as junior consultant for an

organic association in terms of food

safety management systems for their


  • Working as head of quality management

and IFS responsible for a wholesaler

specialized for bakery, confectionary

and ice cream manufacturers

Zbigniew Misiak

Zbigniew is a Senior Consultant at BOC Group specializing in Business Process Management. He is a member of various working groups at Object Management Group including CMMN, DMN as well as BPMN Model Interchange Working Group.
Apart from consulting he is also responsible for cooperation with universities worldwide as well as running trainings.
Zbigniew is a graduate of Warsaw School of Economics.

Bio Herr Callahan

Andrew Callahan, Head of Supply Chain Management at ÖBB Technical Services (Austrian Federal Railways), is an American citizen living in Europe for the last 17 years. After completing his studies in Engineering and International Business, he began his career in the automobile industry, developing his expertise in Lean Production. After moving to the electric motors & drives industry, and spending a decade in various SCM leadership functions, both in corporate and operational roles, he moved to his current position at ÖBB four years ago, where Innovation in the Supply Chain is a key focus for his team.

Sebastian Jarzebowski

President of Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) in Poland, Professor at Department of Economics and Scientific Director of Logistics & Procurement Research Center at Kozminski University.

Prof. Jarzebowski has many years of experience in teaching activities in field of information technologies in logistics, business process modeling and supply chain management. The scientific and research activities focuses on the efficiency of companies, supply chain management and logistics. He is an author of several dozen publications including international ones. Prof. Jarzebowski made multiple foreign research stays at the Universities of Bonn, Hamburg and Halle, as well as Visiting Professorship at the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University, USA and at the University of Bonn, Germany. Prof. Jarzebowski is a scholarship holder of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), the Schaumann Foundation and others. He is a coordinator of domestic and international projects in the field of logistics and supply chain management.

Maciej Jędrzejczyk

Position title : Blockchain Leader, Central and Eastern Europe
Maciej is focused on blockchain solutions and services, delivery practice and technical excellence in the CEE region. Maciej has been working with key IBM clients from the public sector, financial services, healthcare and capital markets to develop enterprise blockchain use cases.  Maciej also leads the effort in building a critical mass of support by evangelising a general adoption of blockchain in public forums. Maciej represented IBM in matters related to blockchain in Parliament, Ministry of Digital Affairs (Blockchain and Digital Currencies Working Party) and Financial Supervisory Commission and Polish Chamber of Information Technology and Telecommunications in Poland.

Marek Marzec

He graduated of the Warsaw Agricultural University, SGGW – Faculty of Food Technology in 1975. The first 15 years worked in the Polish food industry. He started as a production engineer in a fruit and vegetable processing plant and then from the Union level as Production Inspector coordinated the development of new products in 22 production plants located throughout Poland. The next 13 years continued his professional career at the Agricultural Cooperative as production manager, board member and chairman of the board (10 years). In 1993 he started work at the large international company METRO Group. Initially a Merchandiser of food products and later promoted to Deputy Director of Sales Makro Cash and Carry Polska. In 1998, after training in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and the USA, he was responsible for the first private label project in Poland and then coordinated the development of private food and non food products in Metro Group International, Macro Czech Republic, Metro Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey. In parallel he worked as a member of the international team preparing METRO Group’s new investments in Russia, Ukraine and Croatia. In 2001, he was promoted to the position of CEE Quality Assurance Supervisor with the task of coordinating quality assurance in the Metro Group: Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Serbia, Croatia, Ukraine and Russia. Supporting the development of Private Label and International Purchasing. Since 2003 he has been a Metro Representative in Globalgap and IFS. In 2010, he began working as an independent business development consultant in the areas of export-import and retail. It works with IFS. Over 25 years he has held periodic roles in the boards of several companies (EWA-BIS Group) operating in various business fields in Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Germany and Canada. Mr. Marek Marzec has written many articles in specialist journals. He gave lectures at international conferences in Warsaw, Paris, Berlin, Dusseldorf, London, Madrid, Sofia, Zagreb, Belgrade, Bucharest, Prague, Budapest, Kiev, Tbilisi, Baku, Moscow, Toronto and Chicago.

Sebastian Brownik

Sebastian Bownik is the Technical and Commercial Director at Logopak East and is responsible for the company’s strategy and development. He has 15 years of experience in the labeling industry with self-adhesive labels. He completed 300 projects and participated in the installation of over 1000 machines in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia, Ukraine and Romania. Student of Business Psychology at the SWPS University in Warsaw. Hobby: personal development, sport, permaculture, carpentry.

Stephan Tromp

Stephan Tromp is deputy Chief Executive Director of HDE, the German Retail Association, and at the same time Managing Director of that association’s subsidiary HDE Trade Services GmbH as well as the managing director of the IFS Management GmbH. One of the main focuses of his activities is the establishing and management of service projects. For example, since 2002 he has established the auditing standard IFS (www.ifs-certification.com), which is used by companies from trade and industry world-wide for the assessment of their food suppliers. He has developed the International Featured Standards (IFS) to an internationally recognised and deployed auditing standard for supplier assessment in the realm of trade and industry. Stephan Tromp has an economics diploma, acquired from the Fachhochschule für Wirtschaft, Berlin (Berlin School of Economics). His native language is German, and he is also fluent in English and Dutch.

Tomasz Gonsior

Tomasz Gonsior – gained his PhD in economics – topic in area of purchasing management at the University of Cologne. A graduate of business management and engineering at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Lecturer at Kozminski University in Warsaw.

He has several years of professional experience in the field of supply chain management, in particular purchasing. Currently as a partner and vice-president responsible for consulting projects at OptiBuy – a leading consulting company specialized in supply chain management. He managed projects, optimizing purchasing organisation structures and costs in many companies, including Ciech SA, PGNiG, EnelMed, Seco/Warwick SA. Has extensive international experience gained on projects in several countries like Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, France, Great Britain and Russia.

Previously, as a procurement manager, he worked several years at the headquarter of one of the leading German car manufacturers in the premium sector, where he was responsible for global coordination of purchasing activities for selected categories of direct production materials. He was a member of the team